BTCC at Oulton Park and an IDC Final to Remember

08 June 2015

















While Owen Developments were at the Performance Vauxhall Show exhibiting, Owen Developments turbochargers were winning on both sides of the Irish sea! Let's see how the British Touring Car Championship and Irish Drift Championship went for the Owen Developments uspported drivers...

 BTCC – Oulton Park

Team BMR’s Jason Plato took two wins before Sam Tordoff claimed victory in the finale as the Owen Developments boosted British Touring Car Championship entertained a huge crowd at Oulton Park. The picturesque Cheshire circuit was basked in glorious sunshine throughout race day as Plato picked up from where he had left off in qualifying on Saturday.

Starting from pole position the VW CC driver ripped off the line in race one and rarely looked back despite Matt Neal’s best efforts in the Honda Civic Type R. After his commanding race one win ahead of Matt Neal and Andy Priaulx, Plato produced a similar performance in the second contest, this time with the race-long attention coming from the other Honda of Gordon Shedden. The Type R touched the VW CC on a couple of occasions while tussling for top spot, but Shedden couldn’t quite make a move stick eventually falling short by just 0.093s.

West Surrey Racing’s Sam Tordoff produced the goods in the Oulton Park finale to take an impressive victory in front of a packed Cheshire crowd. The Yorkshireman had to fight from an early setback as he battled for the lead off the line. The BMW 125i M Sport ran around the outside of pole-sitter Adam Morgan as the field filtered through Old Hall for the first time, but Tordoff let his car run wide, which allowed Matt Neal’s Honda Civic Type R through and into second. Second became first for Neal when heartbreak struck polesitter Morgan as he was adjudged to have jumped the start in his WIX Racing Mercedes. The TV pictures proved the point and the Thruxton race-winner was forced to take a drive through penalty. Neal initially held the lead with relative ease but he seemed to briefly take his eye off the ball at mid-distance. Tordoff reeled him in and tucked his car down the inside of the Honda at Lodge before making the move stick at Old Hall on lap nine.

The action at Oulton leaves the championship race tantalisingly poised with Plato leading Shedden by just three points. Neal is a further five points in back with Jordan only 13 points off the championship summit. Reigning Champion Turkington dropped to fifth in the standings and will be looking to bounce back at Croft next time out.

Honda Yuasa Racing extended its advantage in the Manufacturers’ order while Team BMR kept its lead in the Teams’ standings. Plato and Team BMR currently hold the Independents’ honours whilst Power Maxed Racing’s Josh Cook tops the Jack Sears Trophy.

 Irish Drift Championship – Millstreet

For the first time in its history the Irish Drift Championship would hold a round indoors at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Cork. For once the weather would not be a factor in the competition, but at the cost of deafening anyone brave enough to not wear ear defenders!

Hot off their wins at round one of the IDC and BDC, Owen Developments boosted James Deane (ODGT3588HTZ-M), the reigning Drift Allstars Champion, and Jack Shanahan (GTX4088R) qualified first and second, with Shanahan scoring a perfect 100! This put them on opposite sides of the bracket, setting up what would be an amazing final.

Along the way Owen Developments supported Wesley Keating (ODGTX3071R-M) and reigning BDC Champion Shane O’Sullivan (ODGTX3076R-M) were eliminated by Shanahan and Deane, both were driving exceptionally well in the tight indoor track. The final itself was one for the history books; it took no less than two One More Time runs for the judges to separate them. The eventual winner, continuing his winning streak in the IDC, was James Deane though Shanahan was pleased to have pushed him so hard for it.

The next round will be Global Warfare II at Mondello, featuring some even tougher competition for the Owen Developments boosted pairing…



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